The Indian Journal of Law and Public Policy had recently invited essay submissions for The Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Air and Space Law and Policy Essay Competition, 2019, organised in association with Centre for Air and Space Law, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. We received an overwhelming response and were pleased to go through the essay submissions received by us.
The quality of the essays submitted to us was highly impressive and worth appreciating.
First and foremost we would like to extend our gratitude to all the jury members who helped us out with their feedback and reviews of the essays and also for accommodating our contingencies as well.
Amongst the essays received by us, our jury members shortlisted the top 8 essay submissions based on the content and structure of the essays. The parameters for review were in consonance with those mentioned in our brochure. The top 8 essays that will be published in our special issue are-
(In alphabetical order)
1. Bringing a piece of moon to your honey: The legal challenges relating to the mining of lunar resources by Ishita Das, NUJS, Kolkata
2. Contemporary legal Developments in Air & Space Law by Sheena Rajpal & Sameera Kagita, Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University
3. Countering Cyber- Attacks in Outer Space: Challenges & Solutions in Law & Policy by Keertana Venkatesh, GNLU, Gandhinagar
4. Distinction between actual and contracting carrier by Mini Gupta, International Institute of Air & Space Law, Leiden University, Netherlands
5. International Law on Cyber Terrorism in Outer Space as a Special Regime by Paniz Bahmani, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran
6. Need for revisiting The Registration Convention, 1975 by Vani Kaushik, NUJS, Kolkata
7. Space Debris: An Evolving Concern by Sudarshan BK & Bhumika SR, Ramaiah College of Law, Bangalore 
8. Space Security & The Law of International Cooperation by PJ Blount, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg 
We would also like to inform you all that IJLPP for the purpose of this competition collaborating with The University of Mississippi who shall be publishing the winning essay in their esteemed Mississippi Law Journal if it pertains to their journal standards as well.
Further, as mentioned earlier, in lieu of this essay competition, there will be an International Conference on Air and Space Law to be held in NALSAR, Hyderabad on February 2, 2020. The top 3 entries, who would be winning the cash prize will be announced on the day of the conference.
The schedule for the same shall be disclosed shortly.
The conference shall be organised in collaboration with our industry partners Sarin and Co, GMR Group & our knowledge partners University of Mississippi School of Law  and NALSAR University of Law
For any further details, feel free to contact us at [email protected]
Lastly, we would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year in the hope that the coming year is full of joy and prosperity for one and all.